This book presents a global hydrographic description of the thermohaline circulation, an introduction to the theoretical aspects of this phenomenon, and observational evidence for the theory. The hydrographic description and the observational evidence are based on data sources, available via internet, mainly from the World Oceanographic Experiment (WOCE). With the hydrographic description and observational evidence also comes an introduction to hydrographic analysis and interpretation.
From the reviews: "Van Aken (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) introduces THC to students in physical oceanography and related fields who can do simple math. ! Appropriate for undergraduate oceanography or research library collections. ! Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; faculty and researchers." (L. S. Zipp, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (11), July, 2007) "This book presents various aspects of the world ocean thermohaline circulation (THC) ! . My conclusion is that the book represents a rather complete and well done evaluation of the THC; it can be used by students of different backgrounds ! . More especially, it can be useful for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students in oceanography, and to a certain extent also for students in meteorology as additional textbook. ! I recommend the book warmly to oceanography graduate students." (Miroslav Gacic, Journal of Sedimentary Research, November, 2007) "In this book, Hendrik van Aken provides descriptions of the thermohaline circulations (based on observations), of the essential aspects of its coupling to the atmosphere, and of its dynamics. ! The Oceanic Thermohaline Circulation: An Introduction could be used in a university course in oceanography, particularly as a primer for inspiring numerical modelers, who often need to know more about the ocean." (Arnold L. Gordon, Bulletin of the American Metrological Society, October, 2008)
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